Haeundae Guesthouse in Busan, South Korea

I always wanted my trips to be organized but sometimes I have to let nature take its course and just enjoy the moment and veer away from the norm. This is my second time to go on a trip without making any prior reservation for accommodation. Our Busan trip was a spur-of-the moment decision so it was a good thing that I have read about Haeundae Guesthouse while preparing for our trip last year. Continue reading “Haeundae Guesthouse in Busan, South Korea”

My Happiest Memory in Seoul

I have been to South Korea three times since 2015 and every trip is memorable because I have always had new experiences each time. Seoul will always be my happy place so wherever I go, whoever I’m with and whatever I do, I will  always be happy just by being there but if I were to choose only one, my happiest memory in Seoul so far was the time I spent with CNBLUE where my friends and I have experienced our best fangirling moments for almost 24 hours with our favorite Korean band! Continue reading “My Happiest Memory in Seoul”

How to Travel from Seoul to Busan by Bus

There are other options to travel from Seoul to Busan. While KTX remains the first option that I have often read in other blogs, traveling by bus is cheaper and convenient as well. Continue reading “How to Travel from Seoul to Busan by Bus”

Mr. Dakgalbi Korean Restaurant

While I was planning our autumn trip to Korea last year, I asked some of my friends who usually visit Korea for their recommended Korean dish because I mostly ate street food during my spring trip since I was traveling alone and was always on the go. This time since I am touring friends who have never been to Korea, I want us to experience and try as much authentic Korean food as we can.  One particular friend highly recommended that we try dak galbi when we go to Nami Island, so that’s what we did before we headed to Nami Island Ticket Office.

Dak galbi is a Korean dish which is a combination of stir-fried marinated chicken as well as sliced cabbage, sweet potato, scallions, onions and rice cake on a hot plate.  It is known to have originated in Chuncheon County in Gangwon Province, South Korea. Continue reading “Mr. Dakgalbi Korean Restaurant”

EVENT: Visit Medical Korea Renewal Opening

Visit Medical Korea is going to start off 2016 with an event! The Korea Tourism Organization Tourist Information Center has been reopened to the public.  The Center includes K-Style Hub as well as the newly renovated Medical Tourism Information Center.

Share this event and congratulate them to get a chance to win prizes!  Copy your shared link(s) and upload your comment and your link in the website’s comment section and not on Facebook. To participate, check Visit Medical Korea official website! Good luck to all of us! :-)

Visit Medical Korea Renewal Opening Event
Visit Medical Korea Renewal Opening Event

To know more about medical tourism in Korea, please visit the following:

Visit Medical Korea official website:  visitmedicalkorea.com

Visit Medical Korea Facebook: www.facebook.com/visitmedicalkorea

Myeongdong Global Hostel in Seoul

For my first trip in Korea last April 2015, I originally booked for one bed in a dormitory room at Zaza Backpackers Hostel one month before my trip through their website and I received a confirmation the following day. To secure my reservation, I was asked to email them twice, 15 days before and 5 days before my check-in date. Upon my arrival, I was informed that I will be staying at Myeongdong Global Hostel which is just one corner apart from Zaza Backpackers. Continue reading “Myeongdong Global Hostel in Seoul”

Goodbye 2015…Hello 2016!

Every year I feel both sadness and excitement as I let go of the past year and welcome the new year. Very thankful for all the blessings from the past year and feeling hopeful that a better year will come.

Happy 2016 everyone! Last year had been great for me and I want to share my 2015 highlights with you! :-)

“Do what you love, and you will find the way to get it out to the world.” – Judy Collins

TRAVEL

It is a fact to those who know me too well and those who have been reading this blog for quite some time now that even though I am Filipino by birth and I love the Philippines with all my heart and soul,  I have also fallen in love with Korea for more than a decade now. In 2014, I started leitbloomer.com and became one of WOW Korea Supporters chosen by Korea Tourism Organization in Manila.  In 2015, I was able to fulfill my ultimate travel goal and that is to visit Korea, not only once but TWICE! A dream come true indeed! :-)

Autumn 2015 Korea LeiTbloomer
Autumn 2015 at Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Autumn in Nami Island

Visiting Nami Island in each different season has been one of my goals when I travel to Korea. The first time I went here was last spring in April 2015. I was alone and it was quite late when I arrived but I was still able to appreciate the beauty of this island and I gained two beautiful friends on my way back to Seoul. This time along with my friends from college, I was able to witness her beauty during autumn. Nami Island is indeed lovelier during this season with yellow, orange and red hues dominating what was once a lush green flora.  For more details on how to go here from Seoul as well as other facilities featured in this half moon-shaped island, I will refer you to my post last April about Nami Island.

For now, let me share with you my most recent trip to Nami Island. My friends and I enjoyed every bit of time we spent here. We circled the island on foot thrice which is something I was not able to do last time I was here. I was also able to see some of the places I missed out last spring.  We took pictures, had coffee in one of the benches underneath the ginkgo trees, talked more about what we have been up to lately and laid on the ground which felt really good, and took MORE pictures…you have been warned!  I hope you will enjoy this and let me know what you think about it :-)

Autumn in Nami Island LeiTbloomer
Entry Visa to Nami Island

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Namsan Park and N Seoul Tower

I stayed in Myeongdong area for the whole duration of my trip but I only decided to visit Namsan Park and N Seoul Tower on my last day.  Instead of trying to fit in my itinerary other tourist spots in Seoul that I have not visited yet, I opted to explore these famous landmarks. I followed the detailed directions posted on the wall near the stairs on our hostel. Though the road was steep and it did made me a little breathless, the view was worth it. It was so close to our hostel, I regret not having my early morning walk here.

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Petite France

I originally wanted to go to Gapyeong to visit Petite France, Nami Island and Garden of the Morning Calm but scratched it off from my itinerary since it is far so I can just concentrate on exploring Seoul, but then I changed my mind AGAIN and went on with my previous plan. Ohhh the perks of travelling alone, you are your own boss and no one will scowl if you kept on revising and just do what you feel like doing. It was a spur-off-the-moment decision so I arrived at Gapyeong station quite late. I went straight to their tourist information center, grabbed pamphlets of the bus schedule, Petite France, Nami Island and Garden of the Morning Calm (I will save Garden of the Morning Calm on my next visit, perhaps autumn this year or spring next year).

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Back in high school, we read about  The Little Prince by ‎Antoine de Saint-Exupéry so I am curious about this place aside from the fact that a lot of my favorite Korean TV dramas such as Beethoven Virus, Secret Garden and My Love from the Star and the variety show such as Running Man were filmed here.

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